Ellie Kemper is set to follow in Mindy Kaling's footsteps with her own sitcom on NBC this fall.
According to EW, she'll play Brenda Miller, the title character in Brenda Forever. "Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum," the site reports. Considering Ellie's past characters—the delightfully aloof Erin on The Office and the naively prude Becca in Bridesmaids—we're pretty confident she's got this one in the bag.
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We have to say, we're excited for another actress-comedian to fill our DVRs this fall. Ever since the groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore Show paved the way in 1970 as the first sitcom to feature a never-married, independent career woman as its central character, we've gradually witnessed the growth of women helming our most popular sitcoms.
There was Murphy Brown in the 80s (written by and starring a woman), Roseanne in the 90s, which was created by and starred Roseanne herself. The comedian also wrote a handful of episodes over the show's impressive 9-season run. In 2006 came 30 Rock, which Tina Fey created, starred in, and often wrote and directed.
Other honorable mentions include Sex and the City, Golden Girls, and I Love Lucy, and today we're seeing the rise of additional female-driven comedies: Girls, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Two Broke Girls, and soon Brenda Forever. Networks are embracing these narratives about funny, flawed, and eccentric women, so with that said, check out our current favorites:
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